Work > Documentary, Diary, and Dream

Papermaking, Joonchi, Korean papermaking, Korean paper, dyeing, pigment, sewing, family, collective identity, Olympics, Childhood, memory, Seoul, 1988, mail, mother, father, sister
Joomchi (Korean papermaking), Korean paper, cloth, junk paper, beds, fabric, strings, dyeing, and quilting
50 x 85" (irregular)
2013

The project Documentary, Diary, and Dream examines how socioeconomic changes shape our lived experience. Specifically, it explores how the lives of individuals are profoundly connected to historical, political, and socio-economic circumstances. I brought my childhood memory of the 1988 Seoul Olympics, which was a significant event that profoundly changed Post-war Korean society. I demonstrated this transitional period by presenting a domestic space, which was a recreated version of my childhood home, where everyone in my family was sleeping together in one room. This domestic place represents both the past and the future of Korean society: the poverty of post-war Korea and its aspiration for an optimistic future. In the space, blankets, a calendar, photographs, and a Joomchi quilt among other household objects are juxtaposed in a broader political and global context in and around the year 1988. The labor-intensive ancient Korean Papermaking technique¬Joomchi, in which multiple mulberry papers are hand-squeezed together to break down the fiber, then melded into a new and resilient fiber, was used as a metaphor to express the collective experience of this transitional time.